Passion for Learning (Innovations in Education Series): How Project-Based Learning Meets the Needs of 21st Century Students

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Overview

The Minnesota New Country School's award-winning project-based model is capturing the attention of administrators and educators across the country. This book explains the theory and practice behind making a project-based system work. It covers learning theory, the role of teachers in such a system, what a school building and school day would look like, examples of student projects and how they are assessed, and a chapter on steps to take to create a school of this nature. Educators, parents, and students who feel oppressed by the system or are not satisfied with their present situation; people who are in danger of losing a school to consolidation; or small school movements in urban areas will want to read this book and discover a different outlook on what learning is, how learning takes place, and how to keep young people interested and excited about learning.

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Editorial Reviews

Irving Buchen
[This book] has great strengths, especially the detailed profile of students and projects.
Ron Brandt
At a time when education is too frequently defined in traditional, outmoded ways, this book describes an excitingly different model of schooling. And it's written by one of the people who made this unusual design a successful reality. Those concerned about the relentless pressures to overstandardize public schools will find in this book a refreshingly different approach. It's not just theory; it's really happening. Passion for Learning tells how you can make it happen in your community.
Carl Glickman
I enjoyed it greatly. It was straightforward and vivid with examples. Should be a great help for all who believe schools can be so much more powerful for students.
Tom Vander Ark
Minnesota New Country is one of the most important schools in the country: it demonstrates what can happen when students take ownership for their own learning and when teachers take ownership for the learning environment; it demonstrates that small rural schools can thrive and help all students succeed.
Walter Enloe
Passion for Learning is an excellent blend of analysis of project-based learning and concrete examples of how to create the conditions for students' passionate learning.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810846012
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Series: Innovations in Education Series , #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,344,938
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald J. Newell spent 27 years as a high school history teacher and coach, 4 years in teacher preparation programs at the university level, helped begin the Minnesota New Country School, and now works with the Gates-EdVisions Project replicating the project-based model.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Chapter One: What is Project-Based Learning? Chapter 5 Chapter Two: What Is Learning? Chapter 6 Chapter Three: What Shall We Assess and How Shall We Assess It? Chapter 7 Chapter Four: What Is the Role of the Teacher? Chapter 8 Chapter Five: What Should the School Look Like? Chapter 9 Chapter Six: How Does the Project Process Work? Chapter 10 Chapter Seven: What Do Projects Look Like and How Do They Affect the Learners? Chapter 11 Chapter Eight: Can You Overcome the Obstacles? Chapter 12 Appendix A: 2001-2002 Project Proposal Form Chapter 13 Appendix B: Performance Rubric for Minnesota New Country School Chapter 14 Appendix C: Project Check List Chapter 15 Appendix D: Presentation & Exhibition Evaluation Form for Minnesota New Country School Chapter 16 References and Suggested Readings Chapter 17 About the Author

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